Lending Love at Saddleback College

Club President Shaine Behar accepting a donation from a generous Saddleback student

Club President Shaine Behar accepting a donation from a generous Saddleback student (Niko LaBarbera)

Saddleback College has proven to be a breeding ground when it comes to creating student-run clubs. The colleges Club Rush which took place in early February resulted in 33 student clubs being born into existence for this semester.

Each club varies in purpose and interests, but all are open for students to join, and each offers a community of like minded individuals.

Whether your interested in anime or the ocean, Saddleback probably has a club that’ll grab your attention.

One standout club at Saddleback is the Lending Love Club. The name says it all. Lending Love club is for those who want to give back and help individuals or groups in need throughout the community.

Lending Love makes it easy to extend a helping hand to those who need it, and is not a long-term commitment for students. Club members meet biweekly to determine what sector of the community should receive attention.

They’ve written letters to soldiers overseas and created birthday cards for homeless children.

Lending Love has now decided to focus their attention on orphans.

Club members were in the quad last week accepting donations to raise money for the Orangewood Children’s Home in Orange, California.

“We’re planning to make tie-dye T-shirts for the kids at Orangewood,” club president Shaine Behar, 19, said.

This isn’t Lending Loves first trip to Orangewood and will most likely not be their last, Behar said. The club has previously surprised the orphans with board games and toys, but chose to design custom tie-dyes for the kids on this trip.

While the group has created a number of strong relationships with institutions throughout south Orange County, they are always open to new volunteer suggestions.